Jochem de Vries is a film writer, director and producer. After graduating from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2004 with his feature film ‘Villa de Ves’ he went studying screenwriting in Poland at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. While developing his first feature film he continued shooting short films and documentaries like “Farewell” and “Trans Siberian Voices”. This documentary project together with other young European filmmakers which has been shot in the Trans Siberian Railway and was premiered at Critiques Week in Cannes in 2009. In the same year his short film “Missing” was nominated for a Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. “Missing” won many awards and has been distributed all over the world. While working on new productions he followed more screenwriting courses at Binger Film Lab and Script school in Amsterdam.
In 2014 his 90 minute feature film “Cornea” premiered at the Hamburg Film Festival. He wrote and directed this voyeuristic portrait of a man following his ex-wife. The film won ‘Best Director” at Nordic International Film Festival in New York and many other awards. After “Cornea” he founded his own foundation called Ulexiet Films. With this foundation he also produced the two short films “Aziza” and his latest project “Bus From Adana” which was shot in Istanbul. Besides filmmaking he teaches film workshops at asylum centers and primary schools and he has founded a primary school himself focused on inclusive stories in Amsterdam.